Ajahn Vayama ponders what it is Buddhist practitioners are trying to accomplish in terms of the mind? Ajahn Vayama reveals what we are practising and why. And shares advice on how to be mindful of our body and mind.
Responding to a recent question on whether it is possible for women to become enlightened? Ajahn Vayama gives a talk on the history of the nun’s order and shares stories of the fully enlightened nun’s in the past and women who have left their families and sometimes royal privileges to enter the monastic life. Hence demonstrating that women have the same capacity and potential for spiritual growth as males.
Ajahn Vayama gives an enlightening talk about how the limitations on our perceptions can cause us to have misleading and inaccurate views about how the world works, including how our own minds work. Only when we develop a mindful attitude and ability to step back and look at the conditions upon the mind can we begin to untangle the puzzle of life.
Giving an unusual talk during the middle of the annual Rains Retreat, Ajahn Vayama talks about what goes on in a monastery during a period of retreat, particularly the focus on developing the inner practice of meditation and developing an insight into the nature of the mind.
Ajahn Vayama reflects back on her first ten years as a nun, ordaining and training in Sri Lanka, and upon how so many faithful people supported her and helped her get to the point of being able to establish a monastery in Australia. She goes on to celebrate with gratitude the generosity of her supporters in those early days and point to what we can all learn from this situation.
Whilst the practice of meditation is very important, so too is the basics of how we relate to the people in our lives every day. The quality of the relationships that we develop with our family, work colleagues and the people we meet with every day is going to have a strong bearing on the quality of our minds and the quality of our lives, so it pays to give wise attention to this according to Ajahn Vayama.
Given that the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism deal with suffering, one can be forgiven for thinking that Buddhist's have a pretty miserable attitude to life. However, as Ajahn Vayama explains, really what the Buddha was teaching was the pathway to achieving ever greater levels of happiness in life. Using recent findings from the fields of psychology and sociology, Ajahn Vayama discusses the Buddhist understanding and practices that are aimed at creating happiness and how research methods are increasingly validating Buddhist teachings and practice.
Everyone is fooled by the view of self. So much suffering is created through the greed, hatred and delusion generated from the view of self. Ajahn Vayama gives wise advice on how we can start seeing through the illusion of the view of self through to seeing this as they really are.
The taking of the Three Refuges in the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha is a traditional indication of what it means to be a Buddhist. In this talk, Ajahn Vayama outlines what it means to take the Three Refuges and live life as a Buddhist.
The Buddha said that "the mind is the forerunner" to all thought, speech and action. Ajahn Vayama talks about how Buddhist practice helps us to see directly how the mind is the forerunner of all actions of body, speech and mind, and to train the mind to act skillfully in order to avoid the painful consequences of karma, and to cultivate the pleasant consequences of skillful karma.
Ajahn Vayama gives an uplifting talk about the benefits of developing the mind through generosity, virtue and meditation. As she explains, the benefit of practice isn't about changing the world for the better, but about the inner transformation - the miracle in the heart.